What are the rules for flying pregnant on Brazilian domestic airlines?

Most international visitors will need to take an internal flight from Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo down to Florianópolis. We know it’s a long way to come to Brazil and the last thing you will want to do once you arrive is get on another plane! We recommend you spend one night in Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo when you arrive, then fly down the next day, once you are rested.

It’s important to know what the rules are regarding flying while pregnant. Travel is not recommended seven days before or seven days after delivery. Please note that airlines in Brazil offer preferential service to pregnant passengers, so please make sure the staff know you’re expecting!

Azul Airlines:

If yours is a straightforward pregnancy (not twins, triplets, etc.) there is no need for a medical certificate up to 28 weeks.

Between 29 and 35 weeks, you must present a medical certificate from your doctor (in Portuguese), giving permission to fly.

Between 36 and 37 weeks, you must complete a Declaration of Responsibility (Declaração de Responsibilidade) provided by Azul at the airport, plus present a medical certificate authorising travel.

In the 38th week, you can only travel if you are accompanied by the doctor in charge.

If you’re carrying a multiple birth, or there are risks with your pregnancy, you must present a medical certificate from your doctor between 29 and 31 weeks.

Between 32 and 37 weeks, you must fill out the Declaration of Responsibility (Declaração de Responsibilidade) provided by Azul at the airport, plus present a medical certificate authorising travel.

In the 38th week, you can only travel if you are accompanied by the doctor in charge.

GOL AIRLINES:

No medical certificate is required for pregnant women flying up to 27 weeks for a single pregnancy and 25 weeks for a multiple pregnancy.

From 28 to 35 weeks (for a simple pregnancy) or from 26 to 31 weeks (in the case of multiple births), the mother must complete the GOL Declaration of Responsibility (Declaração de Responsibilidade), which you can download here.

From 36 to 37 weeks (for a simple pregnancy) or from 32 to 37 weeks (for multiple births), a medical certificate with a validity of 30 days must be presented.

From 38 weeks (for both types of pregnancy): boarding is only allowed in situations of extreme necessity and with the Declaration of Responsibility completed and the follow-up of an obstetrician.

LATAM AIRLINES:

There is no need to submit a medical certificate up to 27 weeks, as long as you are in good health.

From 28 weeks, a medical certificate is required, issued no later than 10 days before travel. The certificate must show the following information:

  • Origin and destination of your trip
  • Dates and times of departure and arrival
  • Week of your gestation
  • Authorization from your doctor to allow you to travel by air

From 36 weeks, you will need to present the LATAM Medical Certificate (MEDIF).

From 39 weeks, you will not be permitted to fly with LATAM.

From 32 to 39 weeks, you must present a medical certificate that will be evaluated by LATAM physicians.

If you have a multiple pregnancy, a medical certificate is required from 28 weeks onwards.

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